Belching is the releasing of gas in the digestive tract through the mouth. It is natural and is also called burping. After burping, the discomfort in the stomach is reduced. When one burps continuously, it is quite problematic.
The gas is made in the intestines and stomach when the food breaks down into energy. It can be very embarrassing sometimes and can make you feel uncomfortable. If one burps twice or thrice after a meal, it is quite normal and this is caused due to swallowing of air. Other reasons of burping can be ulcers or problem in the gallbladder.
Causes of Belching
- Swallowing air:If excessive air is swallowed via the mouth, one tends to burp.
- Beverages and food: Some foods tend to have more gas content which can cause one to burp more.
- Medicines and Supplements: Medicines if not properly administered or dietary supplements can also cause a lot of gas which may lead to belching.
- For ladies changes in the level of hormones and retention of fluids before the menstrual cycle can cause bloating.
- Bowel obstruction can also cause burping.
- Alcohol consumption
- Spicy, high-fat, or greasy food
- Medicines like aspirin, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs
Some home remedies
- Add one tbsp of cider vinegar to one glass of water; add 1tbsp lemon juice to it. Mix it well and drink this mixture before your meals.
- Crush mint leaves and make a paste out of it. Add this paste to a glass of water, mix well and consume this for two weeks daily.
- Add 1tbsp of curd, 1tbsp salt and a pinch of asafetida powder, mix with a glass of water and drink every day.
- Mix 1-2 tbsp of brandy with warm water and drink for instant relief.
- Take a pinch of asafetida and mix it with water, apply this near the navel on your stomach.
- Mix one drop soya oil with 1 tbsp of honey and lick after lunch for controlling the gas.
- Caraway is also good in such a problem, eat with salad or eat some seeds.
- Roast cumin and celery seeds and chew a combined mixture (1/2 tbsp.) and have warm water, this will make the burping lesser.
- Have some ginger tea, boil one cup water and mix with freshly grated ginger root and drink to ease the burps.
- Chew some Cardamom and this will reduce belching.
- Sit straight while eating
- Eat food in small quantities
- Do not chew gums
- Avoid eating chocolate and onion.
- Avoid carbonated drinks
- Reduce stress levels by exercising regularly
- Avoid eating Broccoli, Beans and cabbage
- Chew Peppermint after meals
- Eat fruits like watermelon, apple and banana
- Don’t skip meals
- Salty and spicy food to be avoided.
- Eat green vegetables
- Avoid spicy food, fried food and pickle.
- Avoid alcohol while having meals
- Avoid exercises after a meal
- Avoid milk and sugar as it causes belching
- Whole grains may cause belching so they should be avoided.
- Check your dentures, an improper fit can cause you to swallow air